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Useful Tips for How to Replace a Cutlass Bearing

The bearing found on a vessel’s drive shaft log that is made with brass and a rubber lining that is grooved from the inside and which is lubricated by the water around that enters the grooves on rotation is what is termed as cutlass bearing, this.

After some time you must change the cutlass bearing regardless of how often you use your boat. As soon as you realize it is time to make the cutlass bearing change you may find it hidden in the woodwork of the boat or some distance away from the keel.

Fortunately apart from getting your hands dirty, removing the cutlass bearing is not tricky. These are the steps to follow to replace your boat’s cutlass bearing, now.

The first thing you should do is to locate the set screws and remove them. In most cases, the screws are found hidden under a thin marine layer of crud and growth. Always remember that set screws are not used by all boat manufacturers. If you already know that your boat does not have set screws, then it is not good to waste time looking for them.

Of course you will have to cut the bearing. In the absence of a Sawzall, you can use a hacksaw to cut the cutlass bearing. You should know that you need to have ample experience to be able to use the Sawzall tool from Propeller Depot safely.

The next step of removing a cutlass bearing is by bending it. With a cold chisel and a hammer, you can bend the cutlass bearing to the inside until you reach the place where you have made a cut. If you want to bend the cutlass bearing avoid using a lot of force by hitting it. Do not force the cutlass bearing to avoid damaging the boat’s strut.

To open the cutlass bearing up to the other end, do so by putting a maple dowel after creating a space by bending the boat’s cutlass using a hammer. Do not use metal tools to slit open the cutlass bearing up to its length. By so doing you may damage the strut’s inside.

To conclude, remove the cutlass bearing. Do this with a pair of pliers to hold and remove the bearing. After cleaning the strut’s surface, install a new cutlass bearing. After removing the old cutlass bearing, and the surface of the strut is clean, and you are about to install a new cutlass bearing bought from Propeller Depot ensure the cutlass bearing can enter the acme props in a straight line.

If the ramrod strut is forced and not straight it, you may damage it. To ensure it goes in straight, apply some grease so that the cutlass bearing washer’s can easily slide in the strut.